Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ending Dec. 8 . Only players nominated by coaches and the public are selected for the Players of the Week column. Nominations must be phoned to Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, absolutely no later than 11 p.m. Sunday for inclusion in Tuesday's paper.
TOP MALE ATHLETE
Edwards established a school record for points scored in a game with 50 on Thursday night as the defending state 4A champion Annapolis Panthers outran Parkdale of Prince George's County, 110-101. The prolific effort came on the heels of a 27-point game the night before as Annapolis opened with a 95-59 victory over Meade.
"We put Dennis in the middle, got the ball in his hands and he made things happen," said Fighting Panthers' coach John Brady.
In his school record-setting performance, which was only two points off the county record of 52 set by Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault last year, the 6-foot-5 Edwards hit 23-of-32 from the floor, including one three-pointer.
That is a blazing 72 percent from the field.
The senior forward, who was the sixth man on last year's state championship team, was 3-for-5 at the line, dished out five assists and pulled down 10 boards.
"Dennis had an unbelievable night against a team that is as good as anybody we will play," said Brady.
In the season opener on Wednesday, Edwards bagged 27 points by sinking 12 from the two-point range and one three-pointer.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
Langville, who didn't have a single game in double digits last year as a freshman, has three already this season. The 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard led coach Paul Leimkuhler's girls to a 2-1 opening week with 35 points, 19 assists, 15 boards and 10 steals.
Last Monday, Langville scored 10 points, dished out 10 assists, grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals in a 73-24 romp over Sts. Peter and Paul. Two days later, in a 57-44 loss to county 4A contender Old Mill, Langville popped in 13 points, going 5-for-6 at the line, and pulling in four boards.
She capped her big week with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals in a 53-28 rout of Pallotti.
Layman copped his second straight Annapolis Wrestling Tournament title with an impressive 13-7 decision in the 140-pound division over Mount St. Joseph's highly touted Khris Reina of Pasadena.
Reina was coming off his fourth consecutive Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title, but Layman was up to the task Saturday night at Annapolis High.
The victory by Layman, who is rated No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, wasn't enough for Old Mill to repeat as the tournament champs. St. Joe coasted with 191 team points to 134 by runner-up Old Mill.
Layman and Reina figure to tangle again on the mat this weekend at Chesapeake High in the Cougar Invitational.